(That's a rhetorical question, folks.)
Let me just get this out of the way: If i were a firefighter a lot more people would be dead. You can thank me now for choosing journalism.
A couple weeks ago I went with Amy Voigt, Blade photog extraordinaire and my partner in crime, to Toledo fire Station 7 to talk to the firefighters about arsons when Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld, the department's public information officer, asked me if I wanted to put on a fire suit.
Uh, heck yeah I do.
Let me just tell you, that stuff is not easy to get into. I mean, really, I practically had an entire shift dressing me at one point.
I was trying to put the pants on and managed to get one leg in, but when I tried to put my other leg in, I just about fell over. The captain had to hold me up while I tried to put them on and a firefighter helped me pull them up. Such gentlemen.
One of the firefighters, during my struggle, said, "You know you're supposed to be able to get those on in 3 seconds."
And someone explain this to me: After I was totally dressed in the fire gear, like really, head to toe, I felt more like Darth Vader in a space suit than a firefighter.
I don't get it either.
Also, seriously, I love my job.
Anyway, for your evening chuckle (all photos by my dear friend Amy Voigt):